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Ring in the New Year and Celebrate the Arrival of 2018 with Music, Song, and Dance from Dayton Ballet, Dayton Opera, and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra This New Year’s Eve

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Dayton Performing Arts Alliance 
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DAYTON, OH (December 10,  2017) – On Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 8 pm in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance (DPAA) will present New Year’s Eve: The Grand Tour. This concert is the second Signature Event of the DPAA 2017-2018 Excite Season, when all three members of the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance – dancers from the Dayton Ballet, vocalists from the Dayton Opera, and the musicians of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra – combine their talents for an artistic celebration second to none. Dayton Opera Artistic Director Thomas Bankston, Dayton Philharmonic Artistic Director and Conductor Neal Gittleman, and Dayton Ballet Artistic Director Karen Russo Burke together present an outstanding celebration of music, song, and dance. 

Dayton Opera is pleased to welcome to the stage three of its four 2017-2018 Artists-in-Residence to the stage for the exciting evening.  Soprano Olivia Yokers, mezzo-soprano Noragh Devlin, and tenor Michael Anderson will ring in the new year with Dayton Opera before they commence their Artists-in-Residence program, which will have them performing at numerous schools throughout the community as part of an educational outreach as well as appearing in Dayton Opera productions on the main stage in the coming months. Joining these talented young artists will be baritone Brian Hupp, who will make his Dayton Opera debut with this performance.

The theme for this exciting evening is The Grand Tour, and the DPAA takes a trip across the globe with works from some of the greatest composers from around the world, including Brahms, Dvořák, Vaughan Williams, Rimsky-Korsakov, Ravel, and Copland. Music from Johann Strauss I and Johann Strauss II, father and son, lights up the evening as well, with a lovely waltz and a merry march.

The DPAA New Year’s Eve celebration opens right here in the Gem City with a piece entitled the Dayton Centennial March, written originally by Walter S. Allen in 1896 for Dayton’s Centennial celebration, then orchestrated by Maestro Neal Gittleman for performances in 1996 for Dayton’s bicentennial celebration. 

The tour continues in Italy with a special orchestral premiere of two movements from Steven Winteregg’s Sketches of Venice: the fourth movement, called “Ponte Vecchio,” and the fifth movement, “Church Bells.” Dancers from Dayton Ballet then take the stage once again for a visit to Eastern Europe with Slavonic Dances by Dvořák and a Hungarian Dance by Brahms.  Dayton Ballet is proud to present Margot Aknin, Claire Bergman, Case Bodamer, and Annalise Woller in these two dazzling dances choreographed by Case Bodamer. 

The Grand Tour takes three more European stops before intermission.  A visit to the Middle East conjures up a lovely number from the 1953 Broadway hit Kismet by Wright and Forrest entitled “And This Is My Beloved.” Next is Fantasia on “Greensleeves,” a holiday classic widely believed to have been originally written by Henry VIII for Anne Boleyn, which Vaughan Williams discovered in his trips to the English countryside and featured in his 1929 opera Sir John in Love. The first half ends with the stunning Capriccio espagnole, described by Rimsky-Korsakov himself as being “intended as a brilliant composition for the orchestra.” 
The second half of the program opens once again in America with the very recognizable Copland’s “Variations on a Shaker Melody.” The DPO will then perform the engaging “Mai Nozipo” by Zimbabwe’s Dumisani Maraire, known affectionately to friends as “Dumi.”  This opening song on the Kronos Quartet’s Pieces of Africa is a “rousing, triumphant anthem with a resonant melodic line that will long linger.”  (AllMusic Review by Brian Olewnick)

Then east meets west, or rather west meets east, as the DPO performs “Laideronette, Empress of the Pagodas,” the third piece from a work by French composer Ravel called The Mother Goose Suite, originally a piano duet he wrote for two of his young piano students in the early 1900s.

Dayton Opera and Dayton Ballet take the stage one last time when all three art forms join together in a sparkling presentation of the finale of Act II from Johann Strauss II’s famous operetta, Die Fledermaus. 

The evening winds to its glorious finish with “The Blue Danube Waltz” by Johann Strauss II, capped off with a thrilling performance of “The Radetsky March” by his father, Johann Strauss I. The evening draws to a close with the traditional and nostalgic "Auld Lang Syne" as we say goodbye to 2017 and welcome 2018!

The night would not be complete without a little sneak peek of what is to come from the DPAA as an announcement is made from the stage regarding the upcoming 2018-2019 season.  

The Schuster Center New Year’s Eve traditions that revelers have come to love and anticipate will again be part of the evening’s festivities: delicious food-by-the-bite available for purchase in the Wintergarden beforehand, a flute of champagne at intermission, and a colorful climactic balloon drop. All of these have made this evening in the Mead Theatre the essential place to be on New Year's Eve in Dayton. 

This New Year’s Eve concert is an excellent option for those looking for an end-of-year tradition that favors the 8 pm to 10:30 pm time slot and sets the tone for whatever else concert-goers may want to do that night before the ball drops.  Seats should be reserved early, as New Year’s Eve with the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance nearly sells out every year! 

Tickets for New Year’s Eve: The Grand Tour range from $19 to $74 and are available at Ticket Center Stage (937) 228-3630 or online at  Senior, teacher and military discounts are available at the box office. For more information or to order subscriptions, including flexible subscription types that include performances by Dayton Philharmonic, Dayton Opera and Dayton Ballet, visit


About the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance 
The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance was formed in July 2012 as the result of a groundbreaking and innovative merger between the Dayton Ballet, the Dayton Opera, and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Together, they are the largest performing arts organization in the community, offering a tremendous variety of performance and education programs and setting a new standard for artistic excellence.  Dayton Performing Arts Alliance performances are made possible in part by Montgomery County and Culture Works, the single largest source of community funds for the arts and culture in the Miami Valley. The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance also receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, a state agency created to foster and encourage the development of the arts and to preserve Ohio's cultural heritage. Funding from the Ohio Arts Council is an investment of state tax dollars that promotes economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohio residents. In 2013, The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance was thrilled to be one of five performing arts organizations in the country selected to receive a three-year "Music Alive" grant from New Music USA and the League of American Orchestras. The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is the proud recipient of a 2017-2018 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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